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New drug driving law comes into force

28 February 2015

A new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers has taken effect in England and Wales.

Motorists who get behind the wheel after taking illegal drugs face a criminal record, loss of their licence for at least a year and a fine of up to £5,000. The legislation makes it illegal to drive with certain drugs in the body above specified levels, including eight illegal drugs and eight prescription drugs.

People using prescription drugs within recommended amounts will not be penalized.

Police forces will have access to new screening equipment to test suspected drug drivers. Officers can screen drivers for cannabis and cocaine at the roadside. They will be able to test for these and other drugs including ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and heroin at a police station, even if a driver passes the roadside check. New devices that can test for a greater number of drugs at the roadside will be developed in the future.

Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill said, “This new law will save lives. We know driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous; it devastates families and ruins lives.The government’s message is clear - if you take drugs and drive, you are endangering yourself and others and you risk losing your licence and a conviction.”

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